This serious issue continues to devolve to the lowest common denominator. In this debate both sides cherry pick the very worst of the other side’s position. It is a fact that the majority of sexual assaults occurring in public swimming pools in the UK take place in gender neutral or unisex changing rooms. What is important to note about those statistics is that we don’t know who has committed those assaults. There is no suggestion that transgender people are committing these assaults — my guess would be that the majority are committed by predatory men taking advantage of the ‘access for all’ policy, but its difficult to argue against the position that gender neutral or unisex spaces create an increased risk for all women. And that is, or should be, the focus of this debate — how do we honour the rights of transgender people while protecting the safeguards developed for another vulnerable group within society. It is of little help to simply say ‘my rights are none of your business’ because rights are everyone’s business, particularly in public spaces; rights do not exist in a vacuum, they require balancing — my rights end where yours begin and vice versa, so this is really a conversation we should all be having in a constructive manner.

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